Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Bazzomanifesto Update 02/12/14: 12 Topics In Today's blog

THIS BLOGS TOPICS:

1)  KATZ: GROUNDHOG'S DAY AT THE CAPITOL


2)  Cox to Schneiderman: Investigate de Blasio

3)  Chambre des Secrets

4)  Cheap Trick - Valentine's Day Gala at The Ridgefield Playhouse

5)  12 Grapes: Your Valentine's Date Night is here

6)  New ROI column from Frank J. Rich: It's You!

7)  Yorktown Planning Board reviews traffic on Strawberry Rd and parking at courthouse 02/10/14

8)  Hayworth declares candidacy for Congress, vows fight against 'Arrogant Elitists' in Washington

9) With Cuts To Medicare Advantage Coming, What Will Sean Patrick Maloney Say To Seniors?

10)  Westchester Legislator Harckham Guiding BOL Analysis of Playland Improvement Plan

11)  STUDENTS VOICE COMMON CORE CONCERNS AT WORKSHOP HOSTED BY SENATOR GREG BALL

12)  HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN CALLS DE BLASIO'S ID'S FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS "HOMELAND SECURITY NIGHTMARE"

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THE VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT ON YOUTUBE:

Thank to the help of a good friend Pat N. we are able to bring you the January - June 2013 season of the Volpe/Bazzo Report on YouTube for those who do not have Optimum/Cablevision.

Here is the link to the complete list of 2013 shows available:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL15q02cIJ1qxB9VVej5EHJxRko-gJQ411

Thank to the help of a good friend Pat N. we are able to bring you the complete 2012 season of the Volpe/Bazzo Report On YouTube for those who do not have Optimum/Cablevision.

Here is the link to the complete list of 2012 shows available:

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCstWajSgbAgVe29zEyjftlw


Here Are The Links To 2014 Shows Available:

The Volpe/Bazzo Report with guests: Dave Paganelli, Brian Marschhauser and Bryan Fumagalli
http://vimeo.com/84451345

The Volpe/Bazzo Report with guests: Mike Kaplowitz and Brian Marschhauser
http://vimeo.com/84440808


For those who have Cablevision/Optimum, you can see fresh episodes of:
THE VOLPE/BAZZO REPORT:
 Wednesdays 9:30 P.M.
channel 74.
Yorktown – Putnam Valley – Bedford – Bedford Hills – Mount Kisco – Katonah – Lewisboro – North Salem – Pound Ridge – Purdy Station – Amawalk – Granite Springs – Lincolndale – Somers – Baldwin Place – Shenorock – Mahopac.

Wednesday 9:00 P.M.
Channel 15
Philips town – Cortlandt – Peekskill – Ossining and Briarcliff., Mt Kisco , North Tarrytown

HOSTED BY: DOMENIC VOLPE & ANTHONY BAZZO

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 12, 2014
Contact Joseph Ahearn (914) 774-6856 Katz4NY@gmail.com
 
KATZ: GROUNDHOG'S DAY AT THE CAPITOL
 
            Assemblyman Steve Katz (R,C,I - Yorktown) took to the Assembly Floor yesterday to express his dismay at the day-to-day operations of the People's House.
 
            "This is the fourth year I've had the privilege of serving the people in the Assembly," Katz said.  "Yesterday, we debated a bill that has no current Senate sponsor and had no Senate companion last year either.  We're voting on one-house bills over and over again.  We aren't doing the people's work.  This costs the taxpayer millions of dollars to accomplish nothing of merit.  If we are going to come to Albany and leave our families to work on behalf of our communities, let's do it.  Government wastes enough taxpayer money as it is, we certainly don't need to pile on that number."
 
            Video of Assemblyman Katz's speech on the floor can be seen here
 
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February 12, 2014
Cox to Schneiderman: Investigate de Blasio
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: David Laska
dlaska@nygop.org
518.462.2601
NEW YORK CITY... NYGOP Chair Ed Cox today called on Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to investigate Bill de Blasio, after the Wall Street Journal reported that de Blasio made a phone call in the middle of the night to have a friend of his released from jail.

"New York's law enforcement apparatus should be beyond reproach," said NYGOP Chair Ed Cox.  "For the Mayor of New York City to interfere with law enforcement on behalf of his political allies is 'telephone justice,' not American justice.  I call on the State's top law enforcement official, Attorney General Schneiderman, to investigate this abuse of power."
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A Chambre des Secrets, opened...
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The Tasting Room at Maison Prive Chefs
Greenwich, Connecticut
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A Chambre des Secrets, opened...
Maison Prive
Because sometimes it's more fun to dine behind the curtains.
The Tasting Room at Maison Prive Chefs
Greenwich, Connecticut
An Alternative Dining Experience
like no other in Greenwich…
Seats are extremely limited.
The dates:
Thursday, 20 February 2014
Thursday, 27 February 2014
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
7:15pm
136 Hamilton Avenue. Greenwich CT
12 Seats at the Farmhouse Communal Table
The Menus:
Inspired Treats to Begin.
5 Courses.
Seasonal, Local, Thoughtful.
*Menus will be emailed the Monday prior to the event
The Price:
$130/person
Who Are We? Click here to find out...
Email to Secure Your Seat. Jennifer@Maison-Prive.com
You will be notified if you have landed one.
The Fine Print
Minimum of two tickets purchased per person. Please note that this is a private event and will be closed to the public. When emailing, please write "The Tasting Room" in the subject and include your name(s) and phone number. Seats are filled on the order that we receive email requests. All 12 seats must be filled in order to host the event. If you are a confirmed seat-holder, you will receive a call or email within 72 hours to answer any questions & secure your credit card payment which must be done in advance (Visa or MC) . Due to the limited nature of these events, there is no cancellation policy. Gratuity and tax are not included.
These events are BYOB We will supply sparkling & still H2O.
Upcoming Dates will be announced soon.
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The Ridgefield Playhouse

Valentine’s Day Gala

with

CHEAP TRICK

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Friday, February 14, 2014

6:30pm
· Dessert reception and giant chocolate fountain!
· FREE glass of champagne with every raffle ticket purchased
· Every woman will receive a red rose!
8:00pm
· Live Auction ( win a guitar signed by the band!)
· Raffle winners announced
· Cheap Trick Performance
A great night of hits “Surrender,” “I Want You To Want Me,” “The Flame” and more!
Raffle prizes include:
A Year of Beauty - Courtesy of Adam Broderick Salon & Spa
A fabulous piece of jewelry & $1,000 gift card - Courtesy of Addessi Jewelers
BMW of Ridgefield Date Night - BMW with a driver and dinner
With additional support from AcousticMusic .org, Cutting Board Catering, Deborah Ann’s Sweet Shoppe, Main Street Florist & Gifts,
Tom Tom’s Restaurant and Bakery & Whistle Stop Bakery
Click here for tickets or call the Ridgefield Playhouse box office at 203.438.5795
The Ridgefield Playhouse
80 East Ridge
Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877
203.438.5795
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12 Grapes
Food, Music, Fun
You'll love our Valentine's Weekend lineup!
Call today for reservations.

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5:30 / 6:00
 - Dinner seating
   FREE glass of Prosecco 
  with each dinner entree

8:15 seating
Dinner, Music & Dancing 
with R&B/Soul vocalist 
Edlene Hart


Rob Wallis & the Rhythm Method 
with Curtis Winchester
and Gil Parris on guitar 
performing R&B / Soul / Pop

Call today: 914-737-6624
 
Ladies Night "Burgers & Bordeaux"
Drew Bordeaux
A relaxed vibe, great live music, food and drink specials... It's Ladies Night, 12 Grapes style! DRINK SPECIALS: $6 Martinis, $6 by the glass wines, $4 beers... Weekday Dinner Deal: Two courses for just $15!  Drew Bordeaux performs an eclectic mix of Rock and alt-Pop/Rock covers, weaving in a few of his "relentlessly catchy" originals.
Open Mic Night, w/ guest host Kristina Koller
**Weather permitting. Please CALL FIRST to check if we're open after the snow.** 
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Our once-monthly Open Mic is mainly acoustic, but most styles of music are welcome. This month we're happy to welcome singer/songwriter and Jazz vocalist, Kristina Koller as host. Sign-up 8pm.
$15 two-course Dinner deal & wine specials every Thursday, so bring your appetites and don't forget to bring your friends! Free admission.
Valentine's Dinner & Show with
Soul vocalist, Edlene Hart 
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"To say that her voice can bring the strongest man to his knees is an under-statement!"
Edlene performs classic Soul and dance songs from Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Earth, Wind & Fire, Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and more, plus her own original songs. 
$10 Cover or $5 with dinner.
 
Rob Wallis & the Rhythm Method
featuring Curtis Winchester
Romance will be in the air tonight, as Rob Wallis is joined by vocalist extraordinaire Curtis Winchester, for a superb night of Soul / R&B and dance music! Curtis' unique vocal style evokes not only classic Motown, but other influences as well. Rob Wallis is one of the preeminent drum-video gurus of the industry and always puts on an amazing set of great music. The band includes Grammy-nominated guitarist Gil Parris, Anthony Candullo on bass and Paul Mariconda on keys. $10 Cover or $5 with Dinner.
 
Kids Open Mic Night
A showcase for talented musicians and singers age 17 and under. We have a drum kit, keyboard, guitar & bass amps and microphones. 
Sign-up begins at 5:00. Kids under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.  $10 Burger special for all the kids! Bring the entire family and enjoy a night of great food and great musical fun.
Free Admission.

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Event details @ 12grapes.com
Reservations: 914-737-6624
Our Stage is Your Stage!
Let your talent shine at our once-monthly events:
 
Every 2nd Thursday
Open Mic Night
 
Every 3rd Thursday
LIVE BAND KARAOKE
& Rock Jam
  
Every 3rd Sunday
Kids Open Mic
WINE NOTES
Rutherford Ranch
Cabernet Sauvignon
This house favorite Cab is easy drinking. Pair with our NY Strip Steak, House-smoked Ribs or Bordeaux Burger. 
NEXT WEEK
Ladies Night 
"Unplugged" with Mani Cregan
 
LIVE BAND KARAOKE & Rock Jam
 
"Sex & Breakfast"
with Mike Ventamiglia & Stephanie Harrison
 
Greg McCullough & Friendsfeaturing Johnny Feds
 
Unplugged Sunday w/ Jim Meyer, 
Leo Harmonay and John Ryan
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R.O.I. By Frank J. Rich
It's You!
Where would life be without the Internet? How well would we make it to work, or to the trash can outside each day if we didn't put our feet into shoes? How many lives have been saved, crisis averted, schedules met, assurances made, friends connected, products and services found, etc., because of the proverbial "hip cricket" on our person? Desk or desktop, sedan or SUV, train or bus, boat or rail-all are tools we choose to make life more workable, more livable, more productive, more enjoyable, and more promise-filled. The one thing common to all is you, the user of tools, perhaps itself, the greatest tool of all.
 
According to a recent report by Ernst & Young, the top (3) opportunities today and beyond are: innovation in products, services, and operations; emerging markets; and investment in processes, tools, and training. The obverse side of this coin is called "threats." In unpacking the first the progenitor of all comes clearer into focus. It is the individual.
 
Clearly, innovation, new markets that issue from it or the disruptive process that replaces the old, and investment, depend near exclusively on the individual. Though our natural tendency is to join efforts in support of common goals, in the end, each must do what only he alone can accomplish. Innovation is often an unruly process, largely driven by a concentration in a productive mental zone, but as often by desire to make what we already use and know work better than before. This is why most innovation is driven by customers if not defined by them.
 
Emerging markets generally thought of as nations outside the top importers of goods and services from developed nations, are more narrowly defined closer to home. Local markets are largely underserved by broad appeals to demographic and geographic customer profiles. The extraordinary data available through social media and web exchanges have added psychographic data that makes audience targeting more science and available to most any who deign to learn its simple ways. imagine how many more good friends you'd have if you walked out your front door and went five houses to the left and right introducing yourself with conversation of common interest to all, such as neighbors as friends.
 
More to the point, marketing will move nearer to an understanding of the needs and wants of individuals, in the moment and under circumstances; what some call 1:1 Marketing. The strategy emphasizes personalized interactions with customers that is based on firm understanding of the needs, wants, and typical behavior of a target audience. The result is greater loyalty and a better ROI. This is made easier by the significant volume of information gathered on individual behavior in all circumstances. These data are now readily available to local retailers, and both streamline and speed the customer exchange.
 
Each store must work to distinguish its offerings more than by the convenience of location. Dense markets can grow quickly by this alone, but will reach saturation points as competition divides market share. A clear view and even clearer and continuous communications of your "unique value propositions" will guild your offerings well into the future. But this requires good organization, tools, and training.
 
Since costs drop quicker by increased productivity, well-managed organizations with effective tools and well-trained staff will win share better than will superior product.
 
Without sufficient investment in the means to growth our greatest problems will overcome us and our greatest opportunities will pass us by. The simple truth is that an investment in your business pays a greater ROI than any other investment you can make-stock, real estate, get rich quick schemes, Internet advertising, and social media. I mention these last two because so many have fallen victim to the view that Internet and social media pervasiveness equate easily to growth. They do not! Use print as a foundation and integrate other media channels in promoting your products. Print dominates in its effectiveness to deliver your incentives and multiplies the effect of all other media channels when combined.
 
On the other side, pricing, profit, and risk management are the top (3) threats facing business today and into the future. The individual, his natural tendencies and behavioral tracking mightily affect each. First, concentrate of how to bring target buyers into view. Then work your magic to make it clear that the things they value most are within your walls-brick and mortar or virtual. Too many local retailers miss this point. It matters little how much it costs to bring "buyers" into view. Nothing productive happens until you do. Every business must present "unique" offerings; whether product uniqueness, good price, friendly service, compelling warranties, or convenience. Find yours and work them to distinguish your enterprise from the rest. Long after the sweet taste of low price fades, the joy in quality remains.
 
The investment in oneself, one's personal business, and the opportunity for productive growth have always delivered a greater ROI than any investment known, over time. Toward a prosperous new year!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Frank Rich is founder and CEO of Encore Príst International, an organizational development company that helps individuals and organizations reach their full potential through the practice of effective business fundamentals. You may reach him at fjrich@encoreprist.com, or by phone at 866/858-4EPI. To read all ROIs in their entirety, go to Business tab at Town Link.
 
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Citizens for an Informed Yorktown
Planning Board
February 10, 2014
 
Meeting highlights. For a summary of all agenda items, visit ciyinfo.org.

1. Fieldstone Manor
The traffic signal warrant studies for the intersections of Strawberry Road and Foothill and Strawberry Road and Lexington Ave showed that volumes at both intersections were not high enough to justify traffic lights.

2. BJ’s Wholesale Propane Facility
In a 4-1 vote, the Board approved the special permit for an above ground propane facility.

3. Parking at Police Department/Court site
The Board discussed the possibility of creating much needed additional parking at the site in conjunction with a planned stormwater project.


 
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Hayworth declares candidacy for Congress, vows fight against ‘Arrogant Elitists’ in Washington

 

Chester, N. Y. – Feb. 10, 2014 – Declaring war on the “arrogant elitists” in Washington, Nan Hayworth officially announced her candidacy for Congress in the 18th District yesterday before a crowd of nearly 400 at Satin Fine Foods in Chester, N.Y.

 

“I am determined to restore respect for hard work and individual freedom that made America the Promised Land for generations of immigrants,” Hayworth said. “I am determined to assure that everyone will have their chance to achieve the American Dream.”

 

During her remarks, Hayworth announced her commitment to empowering citizens to buy the insurance that they’d like, allowing parents to send their children to the schools of their choice, and reforming an outdated and unnecessarily complex tax code that penalizes the Middle Class.

 

“Washington is deep into a process of controlling where and when and how the dollars we work for are spent,” Hayworth said. “I am here to tip the scales back to you.”

 

Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus and state Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, both of whom addressed the crowd before Hayworth took the stage, shared their strong support of Hayworth’s efforts to date.

 

Hayworth is a doctor, a mother of two children who attended public school, and long-time resident of the Hudson Valley. Hayworth, who worked in a steel mill as a teenager, earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton, and her medical degree the Cornell University Medical College. After completing her residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, she opened her own solo practice in the Hudson Valley.

 

“I am fighting as a doctor who cared for patients for nearly 20 years here,” Hayworth said. “I know first-hand how important it is to have insurance you can afford, and to have access to good care.”

 

“I am determined to fight for common sense,” she added.

 
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For Immediate Release
February 11, 2014
Contact: Press Office
 
With Cuts To Medicare Advantage Coming, What Will Sean Patrick Maloney Say To Seniors?
 
More ObamaCare Broken Promises From Sean Patrick Maloney
 
WASHINGTON – Everyone knows ObamaCare—a law that both President Obama and Sean Patrick Maloney support—is canceling plans, raising premiums, and costing jobs. Americans even know that Democrats promised they would be able to keep their current plans, if they liked them. Now that the claim has been labeled PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year,” seniors relying on Medicare Advantage will soon be facing the cold reality of Democrats’ broken promises.
 
ObamaCare is cutting Medicare Advantage by $156 billion over the next 10 years. And who can they thank for gutting this vital program? None other than Sean Patrick Maloney. Many seniors will soon see that the plans and doctors they have come to know and like will suddenly become unavailable. Maloney should tell New York seniors why he insists on raiding Medicare Advantage to pay for his failed law. 
 
“Sean Patrick Maloney is at it again,said NRCC Communications Director Andrea Bozek. “After supporting a law that cancels plans and raises premiums, he’s back for more—this time raiding Medicare Advantage. Maloney’s string of broken promises to protect ObamaCare’s failures is finally catching up with him.”
 
Sean Patrick Maloney Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (H.R. 45, Roll Call #154, 5/16/2013)
 
ObamaCare Cuts Medicare Advantage By $156 Billion, According To The Nonpartisan CBO. (Congressional Budget Office, 7/24/12)
 
Kaiser Family Foundation: 5 Percent of Enrollees Will Be Forced To Change Their Plan; Others Will Face Higher Premiums. “‘About 526,000 of current 2013 Medicare Advantage enrollees (5%) will have to make some change because their plan is not available in 2014… Enrollees who stay with their current plan (if available) will find that, on average, their premiums will increase by almost $5, from $35 to $39.’” (New Report Shows Medicare Advantage Payment Cuts Disrupting Seniors’ Coverage, Kaiser Family Foundation, 11/26/13)
 
Those Enrolled In Medicare Advantage Will See Fewer Plans And May Lose Their Doctor. “Benefits experts say patients are seeing fewer plan choices this year, and more are losing doctors from their insurance coverage networks.” (Tom Murphy, “4 Keys To Scrutinizing Medicare Advantage Cuts,” Associated Press, 11/15/13)
 
There Will Be 142 Fewer Medicare Advantage Plans This Year. “This open season also will have 142 fewer Medicare Advantage plans, the private plans that are an alternative to traditional Medicare fee-for-service coverage, the Avalere study found.” (Susan Jaffe, “Medicare Open Enrollment Brings Changes,” USA Today, 10/21/13)
 
 
 
 
 
 
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 11, 2014

Contact: Tom Staudter | ThomasS@westchesterlegislators.com | 914-995-2819 | 914-419-5221 (cell)

 

 

Legislator Harckham Guiding BOL Analysis of Playland Improvement Plan

 

Promises a “comprehensive, inclusive and expeditious review” will be undertaken

 

White Plains, NY – The Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) referred County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Playland Improvement Plan to the BOL Committee on Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing (LPPH) last night, thereby commencing a substantive review process of the proposal promised by LPPH Committee Chair Peter Harckham (D, I, WF – North Salem).

 

Legislator Harckham outlined his vision for the review process today, and remarked, “This proposal will have enormous implications for the people and taxpayers of Westchester for generations to come. Playland is an iconic park and we have to use this opportunity to get any changes right. As Chair of the Committee charged with this important oversight responsibility, I will strive to foster a fair, thorough and transparent process.”

 

Harckham added the process for the review of the Playland plan is critical.

 

“This will be a collaborative and inclusive process—all stakeholders will have a seat at the table,” said Harckham. “I expect the Committee members will make site visits to Playland to review the specifics, and we will hold at least two public hearings to gather input from the public. There is enormous public interest in this project in both the neighboring communities to the park and throughout the county. Giving residents and other concerned individuals an opportunity to voice their approval and concerns is a crucial element in moving the plan forward.”

 

The first public hearing, Harckham stated, will be early in the process to get on the record what issues and concerns the public may have about the Playland plan so that the LPPH can address them in its deliberations. The second hearing will be as the LPPH nears the end of its analysis.

 

Given the ninety-day window laid out in the County Executive’s Asset Management Agreement with Sustainable Playland, Inc. (SPI), Harckham said that a “comprehensive, inclusive and expeditious review “ of the plan would be undertaken, though “no details will be overlooked for the sake of timeliness.” To accomplish this, Harckham said he will schedule LPPH meetings every week devoted exclusively to the Playland review.

 

After the Committee on Labor, Parks, Planning & Housing votes out the final piece of legislation regarding the Playland plan, it will be referred to the Committee on Budget & Appropriations, as well as the Committee on Economic Development & Capital Projects before going to the full BOL for final approval.

 

Harckham declined to predict an outcome for the Playland Improvement Plan.

 

”In all my time on the Board of Legislators, our best work is done when we collaboratively review the facts and seek to understand the best ideas for long-term success that may exist,” he said. “That is my goal for this process.”

 
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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
STUDENTS VOICE COMMON CORE CONCERNS AT WORKSHOP HOSTED BY SENATOR GREG BALL
 
 
Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 02/12/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) in conjunction with Parents for a Common Cause hosted a student-based Common Core workshop at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School in Yorktown Heights on Tuesday evening.
Dozens of students and parents attended the workshop to voice their concerns over the Common Core standards. Students grades 3rd through 9th were broken up into three separate groups to provide feedback and suggestions about the Common Core standards and implementation. 
Senator Ball hosted the student-based workshop to hear more from those that Common Core directly affects, the children.
“According to the federal government, Common Core was designed to provide a uniformed standard for students, preparing them for college and careers. Regardless of the good intentions, Common Core has become an Uncommon Disaster. I hosted a community forum at Carmel Town Hall to hear first hand from hundreds of my constituents. This student-based workshop gave me a chance to hear directly from the children that are affected by these standards every day,” said Senator Greg Ball. “My office has been inundated with phone calls, emails, letters and faxes from parents, teachers, students and community members that are very concerned with this new program. We must be committed to providing our students with the best possible education available. However, education is not about teaching to the test and it should never become a one size fits all endeavor, sinking to the lowest common denominator.”
Senator Greg Ball currently has a bill that calls for an immediate 3-year moratorium on the controversial new standards until the issues can be resolved. In addition to Senator Ball’s legislation, he has also launched a petition to stop Common Core in NYS on his Senate website that now has over 6,000 signatures. To sign Senator Greg Ball’s Petition to Stop Common Core in NYS visit: nysenate.gov/webform/petition-stop-common-core-new-york-state.
Denise Kness, mother of two at Lakeland Central School District and co-founder of Parents for a Common Cause, expressed her appreciation to Senator Greg Ball for giving students the opportunity to be heard. 
“The student workshop was designed to give kids an informal way to tell their experience to the Senator,” said Kness. “What better way to learn what is happening in education than by asking the ultimate consumer, the students!”
“We need to continue having these types of conversations with our elected officials so that they understand the impact of the Common Core on our children, families and schools,” said Karen Pressman, co-founded of Parents for a Common Cause.
“I think things have changed in the past year with the development of Common Core. Ideas have changed and a lot of teachers have had to shape themselves from good teachers into monotone teachers to try to fit the new Common Core standards,” said Anuk De Silva, 8th grader Copper Beech Middle School. “We are doing so much work that we’re not actually learning. We are just trying to get through our work and finish it as quick as we can, because there is so much to do. It has taken away our creativity.”
“The tests are very stressful, if you don’t know some of the stuff you start to freak out,” said Kaitlyn McArdle, 6th grader Copper Beech Middle School. “This year I have at least have two hours of homework every night.”
“I am so pleased that we are hosting this tonight, because this is really where the rubber meets the road. Parents, educators and legislators can talk about these issues, but [students] are the ones that deal with curriculum, instruction and assessment every day,” said Lakeland Central School District Superintendent Dr. George Stone. “We want to hear firsthand the issues, problems and the things that can be improved and the things [the students] feel are working, so we can together forge a path forward.”
Senator Greg Ball will host his next Common Core Forum at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Parents, students, educators and concerned residents are all invited to attend. Attendees will be given a chance to speak, but will be asked to limit their remarks to three minutes.
 
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Contact: Joe Bachmeier, (845) 531-9796
 
HOMELAND SECURITY CHAIRMAN CALLS DE BLASIO’S ID’S FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS “HOMELAND SECURITY NIGHTMARE”
 
 
Brewster, N.Y. – 02/12/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson), Chairman of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to provide identification cards to illegal aliens.
“Now a decade plus after 9-11, New York's extremist Mayor is laying out a hair brained scheme that can simply be dubbed the 'de Blasio Terrorist Empowerment Act'. My concern is not about the illegal alien dish washer looking to get to work, this extreme Mayor's proposal, joined by efforts in the New York State Senate to provide New York State driver's licenses to illegals, will simply provide a mask to those seeking to harm the United States. Among the September 11th terrorists, 19 of them had over 300 aliases and identifications. They went to other states with lax identification laws and that's why the U.S. Congress enacted the Real ID Act, to save lives. Now this crazed Mayor wants to forget all that. New York's security is America's security. While this new Mayor is now free to focus on carriage horses and beyond, he should look back in recent memory when more responsible Mayors took terrorism and security more seriously. Beyond the fact that this action, if the federal government actually enforced its laws, constitutes a felony by the Mayor for aiding and abetting, this Mayor's proposal is a homeland security nightmare, and must be stopped,” said Senator Greg Ball.
Senator Greg Ball will host a Homeland Security Hearing in New York City focused on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to provide illegal immigrants with identification cards as well as legislation in the New York State Senate that would give undocumented aliens access to driver’s licenses. The hearing will be hosted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the NYC Senate Hearing Room located at 250 Broadway, 19th Floor, New York.
 
For more information, please contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796
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NYS Senator Greg Ball
Media: (845) 531 9796 
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